Lens error on SD1000 Canon but opened lens and made it worse!
Hi. I have a SD1000 Canon camera that was working just fine until yesterday when it gave me a lens error restart camera. I tried different things but nothing worked so I opened the top part of the lens and out came the different parts of the lens, including the springs that hold the plastic shutters that cover the lens when off. I dont know how to fix it and have no money to buy a new camera. I was looking for a picture of the inside of the lens to try fixing it myself with no luck. Please let me know what I can do and how much it may cost. Thanks
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Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.
I am afraid you have the notorious lens stuck problem. If you google "canon lens stuck" or "canon lens not retracing" the results will be in millions. Canon's quote for repairing this issue is well over the cost of the camera itself. However all is not lost. It may be just dust. You can try to clean the lens contacts with isopropyl alcohol and see if resolves the issue. I have previously suggested placing the camera lens on the edge of the table and hit it with moderate force to force the lens back into the slot and I was surprised to know it worked for a lot of people! http://www.fixya.com/support/t240817-camera_error_e45 Might be worth a try after getting a quote from canon?
i had the the same lens error restart camera problem for almost a month. If you haven't already, try restarting the camera with the sd1000 in the view pictures setting. This may allow the lens to retract into position. Next, with the lens extracted, try looking down on the camera from the top to see if the lens is angled downward in any way. If it is, this means it is jammed into place on one side. Simply use your fingers to slightly push the lens into proper position. If you hear a pop, you should be in business! hope this helps!